As summer time comes and goes it is often the time when people enjoy the warmer months and take their vacation. Whether heading off to a beach location or into the woods for a yearly camping trip, it’s your “me” time… a time to relax and unwind. As that stress free break comes to an end and you get ready to head back to the weekly grind there are numerous things that you can do to make returning to work go as smoothly as possible.
Like anything else, preparation is the key. The more that you prepare for your vacation the easier it will be to return to work after vacation. These simple steps can make your return to work easier and less stressful.
Prior to leaving:
- Clean your desk/office before you leave. This will help you to return to work more organized and allow you to start fresh without having to organize everything to remember where you were.
- Send yourself an email, or leave a note. Before you leave prepare a project check list as to where you are with your work. This will make it easier and quicker to be able to pick up where you left off upon your return.
- Get caught up on your email. Try to clear out your inbox prior to leaving. This can also help to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed when you back to work.
- Delegate where possible. If you work with a team or have coworkers that you work with be sure they know where you are at with any projects and due dates. With solid instructions and good communication, your team should be able to keep the ball rolling while you are off enjoying your break.
- Put out of office messages on your phone and email so others will know not to expect a response from you.
Back To Business….When returning to work:
- Prioritize the workload. As you return take the time to scan through your work, set aside the things that are not time sensitive while making sure to complete tasks or return calls that require immediate action.
- Filter email. The opinion on this one is pretty split and can be more of a personal preference. Personally I prefer to spend the morning sorting through my email so I am able to identify what is important and what is junk mail. I do this so that I am fresh and thinking clearly early in the morning.
- Take your time. Just because there is a lot of work to be done when you return that does not mean that you have to finish it all on the first day back. It is ok to take your time and complete tasks correctly and not just rush through them to get them done.
By taking the time to properly prepare yourself for your vacation prior to leaving and organizing your work when you get back, it helps to reduce the overwhelming feeling that is often felt the first day back after work. That will help to make your vacation more relaxing and enjoyable!
About the author: Autumn Edmiston is the CEO and owner of the Edmiston Group. The Edmiston Group is a multifaceted Pittsburgh based marketing consulting firm providing senior level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long term basis. Core areas of service are business development, marketing, strategic planning and public relations. The Edmiston Group has consistently delivered and implemented real-world, proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business growth.